Protecting Your Data: Small and Medium Businesses
As our workplaces become increasingly global, small and medium-sized businesses are getting into the popular trends of using sophisticated phone and internet technology to make business more streamlined and efficient. However, putting your business data online to use these technologies means potential safety and security risks.
In the past few years, a number of prominent businesses became victims of data hacking, and smaller businesses are at an even higher risk. Often, small and medium businesses fail to protect their data as effectively as large companies, making them – and their customers – vulnerable to attacks.
Recently, Small Business Trends posted suggestions to help small businesses protect their data. Here are a few great ideas they suggest that we recommend your company use:
- Encrypt your data. Did you know that fewer than a quarter of small businesses keep their data safe behind an encrypted firewall? Encrypting your data places it behind a safe online code, that hackers are less likely to try to crack than openly available information. If no one in your business is an encryption expert, consider outsourcing this task.
- Put your data in multiple places. Ransomware attacks, where computer hackers steal your data and require your company to pay a ransom to get it back, are extremely costly to small and medium businesses. Expert Brenda Hudson recommends protecting your company by saving your data in multiple clouds.
- Assess your company for current safety. Does your company let employees use simple passwords like password, or do you require strong, frequently changed access keys? Simple protections, like using strong codes on computers and email, and protecting office computers and smartphones with strong virus scanners, will go a long way in keeping your business safe.
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